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Strange But True

by Samantha Weaver

  • The blobfish gets its nickname from its saggy appearance when it’s brought to the surface from the deep part of the ocean where it lives. It has no skeleton and very little muscle, water pressure that would crush human organs gives the animal physical structure at that depth.
  • To maintain the historical accuracy of the American Colonial era, Disney World’s Liberty Square was built without any restrooms. (No, you won’t find any outhouses, either.)
  • Speaking of restrooms, there are public toilets for dogs in China.
  • The character of cross-dressing Corporal Klinger on the series M*A*S*H was allegedly influenced by comedian Lenny Bruce’s claim that he was discharged from the Navy for saying he had homosexual tendencies.
  • Eberhard Anheuser, cofounder of the Anheuser-Busch brewery, got his start in manufacturing with soap and candles.
  • Due to a technical glitch in his debit card payment processing, a man was accidentally charged 23 quadrillion dollars. As if that wasn’t bad enough, since he didn’t have the amount in his account, he was also charged a $15 overdraft fee!
  • Carnauba wax, which is used on cars, is the same type of wax used to give gummy candy its sheen.
  • Neptune’s moon, Triton, orbits the planet backward.
  • To add authenticity to a fictional criminal underworld, Rockstar Games hired real-life gang members to voice background characters in Grand Theft Auto V.
  • One-third of men’s fragrances sold are actually worn by women.
  • Amethysts got their name from the ancient Greek word amethystos, meaning not drunk. They were once believed to prevent intoxication.
  • The little black dress was compared to the Ford car when it debuted in 1926, for its practicality and simplicity.

Thought For The Day: “Never rob your character to enrich your pocket.”
—James Lendall Basford